When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. – I Cor 2:1-5
Paul is giving instruction to a church. Among other things, there seems to have been some division on who the church was following. Some were saying they were better than others because the were baptized by this person or that. They were influenced by a certain person, so they must be better. They must be right.
Paul just lays it down. The messengers are nothing, the wisdom is nothing. The real deal is Jesus. Period. Nothing more.
How does this all happen? Somewhere, I think we get wrapped up in the auxiliary stuff of Jesus and we lose focus. We focus on the books, the buildings, the systems, the degrees, the associations, the political agenda. We focus on the auxiliary stuff; the plus. We forget about Jesus. It was never meant to be Jesus plus. It was meant to be Jesus. Period.
Things like this can hurt us all. The more we put our faith in men and wisdom, the more it stings. Faith is to rest on God’s power. We are weak. He is strong. Maybe our Sunday school teachers had it right all along. Maybe we shouldn’t have left that theology when we graduated pre-school.
God, may I not trust in the wisdom of man. May I not encourage people to trust in my wisdom. More than anything, I want to know you. Not about you. With fear and reservation, I ask again; to know you.
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